Pressure Mounts on Hawaii in Race to Top: Grant promises prove heavy lift
By Michele McNeil, Education Week Dec 14, 2011 (excerpts)
Kate Walsh, the president of the Washington-based National Center for Teacher Quality, said during a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event in October that if Hawaii doesn't lose its Race to the Top money for teacher-evaluation failures, "something is wrong." And even though other states are pushing back deadlines, Hawaii's slow start to its teacher-evaluation piece "is the most egregious," said Charles Barone, of the Democrats for Education Reform, a New York-based political action committee, in an interview....
In the second round of last year's Race to the Top competition, Hawaii was one of 10 winners, and the clear dark horse. In fact, Education Department officials were in a "near-panic" when Hawaii won and other favored states, including Colorado and Louisiana, were left out of the winners' circle after outside peer reviewers had scored all the applications, according to a recent book about education reform by journalist Steven Brill. ("Book: 'Near Panic' Over Race to Top," Aug. 31, 2011.) …
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